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Clear Out as Much of the Light Heavyweight Division as Possible
Right now that entails defeating Chael Sonnen in the spring, then taking out at least two of Alexander Gustafsson, Dan Henderson, Glover Teixeira, Lyoto Machida for a second time and possibly Daniel Cormier.
The order and exact lineup here will be determined by how those on the list fare in early 2013.
Just Don't Do Anything to Further Alienate the Fans or Your Employer
While 2012 was another good year inside the Octagon for Jones, it was an utter disaster outside of it. He'd be wise to keep it low key in 2013.
That is, of course, easier said than done when you coach The Ultimate Fighter, but that exposure does present an opportunity.
Put in a Good Showing on The Ultimate Fighter
Though the show was filmed 2012, it didn't make it to the air until this year. So I'm counting it here.
The weekly national exposure Jones will get for his coaching efforts will afford him the opportunity to exhibit personal growth. No doubt Chael Sonnen will do what he can to get under the champion's skin, so there will be ample time to prove his skin has thickened since 2012.
That is, if it has thickened.
Ultimately, how he is presented during the TUF season will go a long way to either solidifying Jones as a villain, or putting him nearer the good graces of MMA fans.
Also, having one from his roster win the show would be a nice feather in the cap for 2013.
2013 MMA To-Do List for Each Top 10 Heavyweight